Our emphasis is on providing comprehensive hands-on scanning experience, along with training scholars and future researchers in the field of emergency ultrasound.
We use a variety of educational methods including patients, live models and simulation. During ultrasound scan shifts residents focus on developing the cognitive and psychomotor skills needed to perform focused sonography for trauma (FAST), early pregnancy, cardiac, soft tissue and procedural examinations, among others.
During the EM1 year, residents learn knobology, techniques and indications for POCUS. After obtaining a solid foundation, our second year residents learn more advanced POCUS exams such as musculoskeletal, DVT, advanced cardiac and resuscitative ultrasound.
Throughout each year, faculty provide monthly workshops. Educational material that is available to EM residents includes advanced cardiac simulators, early pregnancy simulators, text books, online resources, and image/video review.
By the end of four years, each EM resident will meet the American College of Emergency Physicians standards for emergency ultrasound credentialing. This includes a minimum of 40 hours of didactic ultrasound training and a portfolio of 150 scans.
Medical Student Education
Our medical students gain exposure to point-of-care ultrasound during the “Intro to Emergency Medicine” course. Throughout the year, students participate in workshops and training sessions. There is a weeklong course for preclinical students, and a fourth year elective. In the final month of their 4th year, we hold a “Capstone” course to solidify the fundamentals of POCUS.